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Thursday, October 30, 2014

Deana: November Mystery Revealed

November's blocks are titled "Steam That Seam!"
Get the pattern for FREE - read below!

Another row is now revealed for the Quilter's Garden Mystery Row Swap!  Two different irons are featured pressing a little 9-patch block.  I can't wait to see what participants make their little irons out of in November!
A pattern will be available shortly for those who are not participating but want to make the quilt.  You will find it as well as the previous months in my Etsy Shop or my Craftsy Shop.
New group members are joining all the time, so it is not too late.  You get the current month's pattern for free and all future patterns for free if you make and swap at least one block a month.  
Want to join us?  Click this link to find out how.

Tuesday, October 28, 2014

Deana: Blogger's Quilt Festival #2 - Sewing Room Delight

Welcome Quit Festival Bloggers!  My festival entry #2 is called "Sewing Room Delight".  The size is 54" x 58", so I think it qualifies for the "small quilt category".

Sewing Room Delight features little sewing machines, pin cushions, irons, and blooming rotary cutters.  This quilt emerged from the first three months of "The Quilter's Garden" row quilt swap project.  Each month a new row is released and we are about to begin row 3 in November.  I just had to make a sampler out of them as I'm sure I will with future rows in the project.  Join anytime.  You get the PATTERN FOR FREE the month you sign up and all future patterns for free if you make and swap at least one block.

I recently  launched the pattern and made it available in PDF for download.  You can get the pattern at Etsy or Craftsy.  Just follow the links.  NOTE:  THE FILE WAS TOO LARGE TO KEEP THE PATTERN ALL TOGETHER, SO THE SEWING MACHINE PATTERN IS SOLD SEPARATELY.

I machine quilted it on my Bernina free motion style.
 Check out all of the other quilt entries at this link:  

You can access all categories by clicking the links at the bottom of the post.

I am also linking up with:

Monday, October 27, 2014

Deana: A little more progress on the horse among other things...

I finally have a photo to show some progress on the horse quilt.  I like the way the circle breaks into the blue border, but I have yet to stitch those two overlaps down.  The borders are laid out, not sewn on.  I wanted to see what it looks like so far.  I still have much applique' work to do; I plan to do silhouettes of cowboys and horses in the gold border followed by a final pieced border.  I think I am liking it.  I am realizing that there is much space for quilting, so I'd better put on my thinking cap for quilting ideas.

I am also working hard on the November row in the Quilter's Garden swap.  There are just some final touches and decisions I need to make.  I generally like to post the new month by now, but the design just isn't quite where I want it yet.

Linking up today with:

Sunday, October 26, 2014

Deana: Closer but not done yet!

I am making a new post today for the Stash Bee.  I will be participating in 2015 and we have all been summoned to "link up" the projects we are currently working on.  I always have several irons in the fire so bear with me.

First off is my "Sewing Room Delight" quilt.  It  just needs quilting in a few more areas and bound.  I want to enter it in the Blogger's Quilt Festival this week".

You can find the pattern in my Craftsy shop or in my Etsy shop.
 You can clearly see the area in the photos below where I still need to fill in quilting.  This quilt is a take off from my "Quilter's Garden" row quilt design that is written about below.

Next is the horse quilt for my son.  I have now squared it off and am ready to add borders.  Sorry my photo is not current but my son is home so I can't get it out for a picture when he is around to see it.  Remember, it is his Christmas.  I have decided to do wider strips in the first border, so I will have to pick out some hand applique' (OUCH!).  The outer ring will overlap a 2" wide blue border on the outside edge.

I am still working on Dear Jane and had hopes of finishing the rows, excluding the borders, by the end of the year.

I still need to baste and quilt Jessi's Medallion.

I also need to finalize my plans for the November row in the "Quilter's Garden".  Remember, you can still join in the fun.  You will receive the current month's pattern for free and all future patterns for free if you make and swap at least one block per month.  Any patterns you missed will have to be purchased (September and soon to be October).

October's blocks are called "Rotaries in Bloom" and must be posted by the last day of October.
 September's blocks were sewing machines.  I got this one from my swap partner, Susan.  Isn't it lovely?
You can find the patterns for Jessi's Medallion, the sewing machines, and the rotary cutters in my Craftsy shop or my Etsy shop.

Go check out what the 2015 Stash Bee participants are doing at this link.  You should join us!  Openings are still available.

I am linking up today with:

Friday, October 24, 2014

Deana: Sewing Room Delight

I am very close to finishing up my newest design called "Sewing Room Delight".  I should have a pattern out by tomorrow.  I am hopeful that I can get it quilted tonight.  Wish me luck!

You can find the pattern in my Craftsy shop or in my Etsy shop.

Linking up with Crazy Mom Quilts  and Sew Can She.

Deana: Blogger's Quilt Festival Entry #1

Welcome Quit Festival Bloggers!  My festival entry #1 is my Lacy Daisy quilt.  I think it qualifies for the "scrappy quilt category". I just LOVE scrappy quilts and consider them to be my favorite.  I enjoy taking a bunch of lonely scraps that seem to have no place to call home and joining them to other pieces to make something beautiful.

Lacy Daisies has special meaning to me because it is one of my earliest designs.  It was the first time I added trapunto to a quilt and sadly the last.  You can see it in the border.  Trapunto is beautiful but a ton of work.  

Lacy Daisies features simple piecing with rectangles and squares and is embellished with a hand embroidery vine which gives the quilt its character.  My favorite part is the embroidery but up next are the delightful "Lacy Daisies" in the center of the alternate blocks.  I think the hand blanket stitch gives the quilt a happy, country, dainty look.

I have always felt this quilt looks like it belongs at Grandma's house with the washed, used, loved look.  I love this quilt!

I recently refurbished the pattern and made it available in PDF for download.  The updated vine is more modern but still dainty.  You can get the pattern at Etsy or Craftsy.  Just follow the links.

 Below is a close up of a daisy block.

 Check out all of the beautiful festival quilts at Amy's Creative Side.  Click here for the link to the "scrappy" category link up.

You can vote at Amy's Creative Side beginning Nov 1 to the 7th.  There are and will be lots of beautiful quilts to see.

I am also linking up with:

Crazy Mom Quilts

Patchouli Moon
Fabric Frenzy Friday
Link-a-finish Friday
Can I get a Whoop Whoop?

Thursday, October 23, 2014

Deana: Another sneak peek

Here is another sneak peak for my blogger's quilt festival entry.  I am still working on it.

You can find the pattern in my Craftsy shop or in my Etsy shop.

Linking up today with:
Needle and Thread Thursday

I am also reminding people that the Stash Bee is still accepting participants for 2015.  Click this link to learn more.
Click here to sign up.

Wednesday, October 22, 2014

Deana: dresdons and borders

I have been busy trying to get a quilt ready for the Bloggers Quilt Festival this Friday.  One is ready and the other is still a work in progress.  At least it is giving me a deadline to get things done.  I need that some times!

Here is a sneak peak. 

Linking up with:

Tuesday, October 21, 2014

Deana: Grandmother's Overgrown Flower Garden

 I think I have the perfect quilt for today's "Tuesday Archives" link up at Val's Quilting Studio.  Her topic today is Hexies and Houses.  I designed this several years ago, made a mess of the border, and have not yet fixed it.  I will some day.

 I love houses so much that I often put them in my row quilts.  Here are a couple from my "Spring" row quilt.
 I am linking up today with:

I have been collecting links to cute house quilts for years.  Check out these house quilts at these links:

Monday, October 20, 2014

Deana: Appliqueing the circle onto the brown

Today I am needle turning the circle onto the brown because I was too lazy to calculate the size of the circle.  The corners will be squared off later.  I think this project is really coming along.

I also made another flower that will becoming a "Rotary in Bloom" for the Quilter's Garden row quilt.

Linking up today with:
Anything Goes Mondays
Patchwork Times - Design Wall Monday  
Sew Cute Tuesday
Show N Tell Tuesday
Freemotion by the River

Saturday, October 18, 2014

Deana: final round on the horse completed!

I finally finished the paper piecing for the final round on the horse quilt and put it together!  Now it is time to turn this circle into a rectangle.

I was off sewing with my sisters and mother for a couple of days this week.  My sister, Tracy, completed her "Jessi's Medallion" top.  It is SO GORGEOUS!

You can get the pattern in my Etsy or my Craftsy shops.  At Craftsy you need to purchase it in two parts because the file was too large for one upload.  

I would say it is an intermediate quilter's level.  It is mostly log cabin blocks with some paper piecing.  It looks much harder than it is.

Linking up today with